Top 5 Tips on How to Travel the World on a Budget

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With over 50% of the world’s population now living in a democracy and global access to the internet increasing, it’s never been safer or easier to travel.

Safety and ease aren’t the only requirements for trekking about the planet. You also need money, but you don’t need to be a millionaire to travel, even if you want to travel abroad. 

If you’re wondering how to travel on a budget, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our five favorite international travel tips with you. 

  1. Learn How to Travel Internationally by Setting a Per Day Limit

You can travel cheap, but you need to begin by setting a per day maximum. While $10 per day doesn’t sound like much, it is possible, even in more expensive countries like the U.S. or U.K.

Keep in mind that in countries like India or many South American countries, $10 per day can make you feel as though you’re living like a king. If you don’t spend it all, save it for another day when you are in a more expensive country. 

  1. Learn to Haggle

Americans aren’t taught to haggle, but if you’re planning on traveling the world, this is one skill you need to pick up. It’s an insult in some countries if you don’t haggle, and you’ll save a ton of money.

You can even try haggling stateside! A recent study showed shoppers received a discount 89% of the time by asking for a lower price.

  1. Look for Ways You Can Eat, Travel or Sleep for Free

Food, travel, and lodging will often be your biggest expenses when traveling abroad. But it doesn’t have to be. 


You can travel for free by:

  • Hitchhiking
  • Using rewards miles
  • Getting bumped from flights

Just trust your gut and stay safe. 


You can eat cheap by:

  • Cooking meals
  • Eating local street food
  • Finding lunch and dinner specials

Bring a reusable water bottle with you so that you always stay hydrated.


You can sleep for cheap by:

  • Couch surfing
  • Home sitting
  • Staying in hostels

You can also look for places that let you share a room with a stranger or stay at local campgrounds to help keep lodging costs down.

  1. Get a Freelance Job

Now that so many countries have access to the internet, you can travel the world and work as well. There are tons of freelance jobs that let you work remotely. 

Companies now pay via direct deposit or using an online payment system such as PayPal. If you need to create pay stubs, use PayStubCreator to get the job done easily. 

  1. Switch to a Bank with no ATM Fees

Most banks charge a fee if you use another bank’s ATM. The bank whose ATM you’re using also charges a fee. 

Those double charges can add up quickly, and no one accepts traveler’s checks anymore.

Cassie Brewer
Cassie is a women's health and beauty writer who enjoys writing for all ages. She aspires to open her own beauty boutique in Italy one day, and hopes you enjoy this article!

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